Royal needs air force to top Newbury Park

In a wild game that featured 105 passes and nearly 1,000 passing yards, it was a defensive play that helped push Royal of Simi Valley to a 58-55 win last weekend over Newbury Park.

Royal trailed 47-24 early in the third quarter, but went on a run of five straight touchdowns to grab a 58-47 lead. One of those scores came when Curtis Bickley snared an interception and raced 47 yards to the end zone. Newbury Park still tried to come back, cutting the score to 58-55 with 1:52 left and even got the ball one more time. But on the last play of the game, Rudy Carpenter's pass sailed out of the end zone.

Royal's comeback also was fueled by quarterback Kyle Uebelhardt. The senior finished with 479 yards through the air on 22 completions in 55 attempts. He also had four TD passes, three going to David Woolever from 50, 49 and 14 yards out.

Newbury Park, which is no stranger to huge passing totals, got 492 passing yards from Carpenter. He completed 28 of 56 attempts and had six TD passes, four going to Justin Cox, including the last one that really made the game close.

The two teams combined for a new state record of 973 passing yards. The previous best for one game and two teams was 837 when Westlake of Westlake Village nipped Agoura of Agoura Hills, 54-51. Like Royal and Newbury Park, Westlake and Agoura also are members of the Southern Section's Marmonte League.

Newbury Park's 55 points in defeat is the third most by a regulation length losing team in state history. The record of 62 was set by Artesia of Lakewood in 1994 in a 82-62 playoff loss to Bloomington.

For total offense, Royal and Newbury Park finished with 1,129 yards. That is still more than 150 off the all-time best of 1,281 set in 1999 by Los Banos and Manteca.

Carpenter's 492 yards also is believed to be a new school record. It's better than the 489 reported for Chris Czernek. Chris's bother, Nick, plus the memorable Keith Smith are other Newbury Park QBs who've made their mark in the state record book.

It should be noted that different stat totals were reported from the Ventura County Star and L.A. Daily News. We went with the Star for now due to knowing that Loren Ledin, the Star's reporter who covered the game, has been on the prep beat in the area for many years.

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